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Archive for November, 2012

Will Ferrell

by on Nov.27, 2012, under Archive, Running

How often do you get to go for a run or ride with Will Ferrell? Well, Sunday night Will spent 45 minutes with Huddle and me chatting about his running -the guy ran sub-4:00 at Boston- and his roles as Frank the Tank, Buddy the Elf, Ron Burgundy and Chazz Michael Michaels, among others. You might want to take this interview with Will along with you on your next workout. That just happened!

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Sebastian Kienle

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Archive, Ironman, Road to Kona, triathlon

In his first ever Ironman distance event, Germany’s Sebastian Kienle went sub 8:00 hours. He was introduced to the sport of triathlon at the ripe old age of eight, told his third grade teacher that he wanted to grow up to be a professional triathlete and knew in his heart early on that the Ironman was for him. 2012 turned out to be a huge breakout year for Sebastian as he rode away from a stacked field, ran 1:16 off the bike, and won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Lake Las Vegas and followed that up with a strong fourth place debut in Kona despite losing about five minutes with a flat tire.

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Lesley Paterson

by on Nov.16, 2012, under Archive, Running, triathlon

How do you go from being the only girl playing in a Scottish Rugby league to a two-time XTERRA off-road triathlon world champion and film maker? Lesley Paterson’s story is a great one.

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Danelle Ballengee

by on Nov.16, 2012, under Archive, Running

Danelle Ballengee is simply one of the greatest female endurance athletes of all time. Besides being an elite adventure racer and trail runner, she also summited all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in 14 days and won six U.S. Athlete of the Year Awards in four different sports. But as we zero in on December 13th, it’s even more important to look back on the six year anniversary of the day she almost died. The story of Nelly and Taz the Wonder Dog is one you won’t soon forget.

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Leo Manzano

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Archive, Running

Leo Manzano came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just four years old. During some of the first running races he wore hiking boots and long pants. Leo has definitely come a long way. This past summer he became the first American to medal at the Olympic 1500 since Jim Ryun back in 1968 when he took home the silver. Leo has an awesome personality that comes through even over the phone.

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Sally Kipyego

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Archive, Running

Sally Kipyego came to the U.S. from Kenya and ran collegiately at Texas Tech where she won nine NCAA titles in basically only two years of racing. Now running for the Oregon Track Club, she took home a silver medal at 10,000 meters in Korea at the World Championships in 2011 and another silver medal at 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics in London. Besides being a great runner, she also has a nursing degree and each month Sally sends money home to Kenya so that her nieces and nephews can get the best education possible.

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Mark Covert

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Running

Lifekraze ( is encouraging people to get into running, high-fiving them for keeping track of their workouts and motivating them to keep pushing with Team Leaders like Mark Covert. Get this: Mark has run three miles every day for 44 years, since July 23, 1968. He was the first person to wear a pair of Nike waffle shoes in competition -he still has the shoes, ran in the 1972 Olympic Marathon Trials and is the track and cross country coach at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA. You can tell from this interview that Mark’s just as passionate about running today as he was 44 years ago.

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Pete Jacobs

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Archive, Ironman, Road to Kona, triathlon

So what happens after you become the Ironman World Champion? Plenty! Three weeks after the biggest win of his life, Pete Jacobs came on to take us through the months and weeks leading into Kona and the blow-by-blow of race day.
Funny story. The evening before this chat, Pete was in Noosa having dinner with fellow Aussies three-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack. A fan came up and wanted to get a photo…..with Crowie and Macca. “Pete, it just shows that winning only once doesn’t quite do it,” laughed Crowie.

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